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Fried Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: best fried rice recipe, fried rice recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 283 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur

This Easy Fried Rice is the perfect way to use leftover rice and vegetables! It takes about 15 minutes to make, you can customize it to whatever add-ins you would like, and it's a great side dish or stand alone meal!


  • tablespoons butter or oil; divided
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped carrot (about 1 carrot)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 cups cooked cold day old rice
  • tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon mirin; optional
  • cup frozen peas
  • 2-3 large eggs; whisked
  • chopped green onion for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter or oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Cook onion, carrot, garlic, and ginger until onion is soft.

  2. Add rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and mirin. Cook stirring occasionally until the rice is heated through. If you like crispy bits in your rice don't stir as often. Stir in peas.

  3. Move everything to one side of the pan. Add remaining ½ tablespoon of butter to melt. Add eggs and cook stirring until egg is cooked through then combine with remaining ingredients in the pan. Garnish with green onion if desired.

Recipe Notes

  1. Use day old rice and do not use too many wet ingredients. Freshly cooked rice is too wet which will result in mushy fried rice. Using too many wet ingredients or overcrowding the pan will also make the rice too wet and mushy.
  2. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Freeze completely cooled leftovers in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 
Nutrition Facts
Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4043IU81%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.